By our count, there are currently seven or eight states with pending vape tax legislation in the works, counting Washington, DC. Our nation’s capital is the professional home-away-from-home for the vaping community’s congressional representatives and senators from all 50 states. So, if the proposed 70 percent vape tax passes in the District of Columbia, the chances are greater that similar legislation may pop up in your neck of the woods shortly thereafter.
Strangely, DC is not the worst offender of such outlandishly high taxation proposals. Rhode Island wants to require vendors to pay 80 percent of wholesale prices in state taxes, and Oregon wants a whopping 81.25 percent. New Jersey and New York also want a 75 percent increase just like Washington, but New Hampshire is only demanding a measly 73.94 percent, although where they came up with that figure is anyone’s guess. See a trend?
Get Involved! CASAA shows you how!
For those who are new to the vaping community, The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is a non-profit organization which is constantly fighting for our rights to vape. Whether you live in Dogtown, Alabama or Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania (yes, these cities really do exist), CASAA is always fighting on your behalf.
Final consideration for the Washington, DC vape tax will take place on June 16, 2018 at 350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, Room 500. Anyone can attend the hearing, and many vape shop owners from across the country are expected to attend. If you visit the CASAA website, you will find instructions for how to sign up and testify at this Budget Oversight Hearing.
CASAA also provides a full list of City Council members along with their phone numbers. Feel free to call and express your opposition to the 70 percent vape tax in Washington, DC. If you don’t have enough time to make a phone call, CASAA also provides the email addresses of two of the committee staffers who are responsible for coordinating the testimony on June 16.